#GradyGrit: Meet Mikaela Cohen

Why did you choose Grady?

I chose Grady when I was freshman in college because I had a dream of becoming a news anchor on Good Morning America. Grady taught me that journalism is a much wider field than I had initially imagined. Even though I don’t want to be a news anchor anymore, Grady has taught me that pursuing a career in journalism has endless possibilities and the opportunities are out there if I follow them.

What skills/knowledge will you take away from Grady?

In my time at Grady, I have learned how to be adaptive and intuitive. Industries will continue changing and growing, but Grady has taught me to be open to any changes that any industry will throw at me.

What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?

Keith Herndon, a journalism professor in Grady. He has been my greatest Grady mentor and supporter. He cares genuinely for all of his students and wants to see them succeed. He spends a lot of time cultivating and creating opportunities for his students, and I cannot thank him enough for all the opportunities he has helped me with.

What is your best advice for a student taking their first class at Grady College?

Find your Grady professor, the professor that inspires you and helps you succeed. There is definitely at least one Grady professor out there for everyone, you can even find two or more that you really connect with.

Knowing what you know now, what would you tell yourself before you began taking Grady classes?

Stop comparing yourself to others! Always focus on what you love to do, and everything will fall into place.

What are you planning to do after graduating with a Grady degree?

I hope to intern somewhere this summer exploring new skills in digital or audio storytelling. I also hope to continue as a Grady student in graduate school.

How do you think Grady students are unique compared to other majors on campus?

Grady students are go-getters. Every Grady student that I have met is ambitious and hard-working, and I think that’s what makes us stick out. You will never meet someone that isn’t willing to work for what they want.

What is the hardest part about being a Grady student?

It can be hard at times being around so many successful students in Grady and comparing myself to them. I’ve come to learn that there’s a beauty there; the reason everyone around me is successful is because I’m successful too. I’ve also had to learn that everyone’s path to success looks different.

What is your favorite app?

Cohen studied abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa with SPIA’s Global Studies in South Africa Summer Study Abroad Program. (Photo: submitted)

My favorite app is Goodreads. I’m a big book nerd so I love tracking how many books I’ve read and how fast I can read them. I can also see what books my friends are reading which is great when I need book recommendations.

Favorite place on campus?

You can probably catch me at the Main Library more often than not. I work there, I study there and sometimes I feel like I live there. It’s almost become a home for me on-campus because I always see so many familiar faces there.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m extremely type-A. I’m so organized to the point where my closest is color coded and all my T-shirts are neatly folded in my drawers where I can see it.

Morning person or night owl?

I am a morning person all the way. I’d much rather go to sleep earlier and wake up to see the sunrise.

What is your favorite coffee shop?

There’s something about 1000 Faces coffee that hits just right, but Walker’s and Buvez are some great spots. I try to support local coffee shops as much as possible, but Starbucks also has pretty good coffee.

Grady students complete 2019 Cox-SABEW Fellowships

A group of seven Grady College journalism students were recognized in New York City during the fall conference of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) through a fellowship organized by the college’s James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership.

The Cox-SABEW Fellows for 2019 were: Jada Bowman, Mikaela Cohen, Kelly Mayes, Skylar Nicholson, Erin Schilling, Amy Scott and Ashlyn Webb. The students were recognized during a luncheon held November 12 at Reuters in New York City.

The Cox-SABEW Fellowship was created to honor students who have taken the initiative to engage in financial journalism and business education through class assignments, student media and professional internships, said Dr. Keith Herndon, director of the Cox Institute. This year’s group marked the seventh year of the partnership with SABEW, which was created in 2013 and has recognized 31 participants.

The Cox-SABEW Fellows visited with Grady alum Polina Marinova (ABJ ’13), who is editor of The Term Sheet at Fortune magazine. (Courtesy: The James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership)

Amy Scott described the conference as an incredible opportunity to connect with business journalism professionals and learn more about what is going on in the industry. “I’m inspired by just how passionate and committed so many of these journalists are to their work,” she said.

This year’s program was the second year of a two-year readership initiative the Grady College established with Barron’s through a sponsorship by PagnoKarp, a wealth management and advisory firm.  As part of this initiative, the seven students were hosted at a luncheon by Lauren Rublin, Barron’s senior managing editor.

In addition to attending the SABEW conference and Barron’s luncheon, the students also met with business journalists from Fortune magazine, NPR and the Wall Street Journal. The Fortune visit featured meeting with Grady alumnus Polina Marinova (ABJ ’13), who writes The Term Sheet newsletter. The students also had dinner with Grady benefactor Adam Levin and were joined there by alums Taylor Cromwell (2017), a social media editor with The Wall Street Journal, and Lisa Fu (AB ’17), a reporter with Private Equity Real Estate magazine (PERE).

“I really enjoyed learning about business journalism from experts in the field. It showed me how diverse this field can be and how much business relates to all other beats,” said Erin Schilling. “I met business journalists and editors who inspired me to continue on this path and gave me amazing advice about how to be a better journalist.”